Recent OCHC Events: 2000 - 2003
All programs free to the Public

Mary Hallock Foote – Western author and illustrator (1847-1938) (Discovering Oregon Originals)

Thursday, December 11 – 7 pm,   U.S. Bank Room, Central Library, 801 SW 10th
Friday, December 12 (2nd Friday) - noon   Madison Room, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park

The talented 19th/early 20th century author-artist from New York spent her adult years in Colorado, Idaho, Mexico, and California, writing and illustrating compelling accounts of the frontier, a feminine portrait of the American West. Primary support for her family through her work, she saw this “new world” through Quaker, patrician, and very inquisitive eyes.

Though long a footnote in history, Wallace Stegner’s controversial Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Angle of Repose, based on her memoirs, propelled Foote back into the spotlights.

Presenter: Casey Bush – Portland poet and Richard Etulain – Western historian

Stewart Holbrook – Chronicler of American Misfits & The Far Corner (1893-1964) (Discovering Oregon Originals)

Thursday, November 20 – 7 pm,   U.S. Bank Room, Central Library, 801 SW 10th
Friday, November 21 (2nd Friday) - noon   Madison Room, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park

Brian Booth, author of Wildmen, Wobblies & Whistle Punks, and individuals who knew Holbrook, will capture Holbrook's impact during this celebration of the 110th anniversary of his birth. Larry Fong, art curator at Univ. of Oregon, will also talk about his alter ego Mr. Otis.

This presentation is being done in conjunction with a show of Holbrook material, primarily from the Booth collection, in the 3rd Floor Collins Gallery at Central Library.

Presenters: Brian Booth, Tom Vaughn, Larry Fong & John Armstrong rom the Booth collection, in the 3rd Floor Collins Gallery at Central Library. Brian Booth, others TBA

Ken Kesey – Our “On the Bus” Icon (1935-2001) (Discovering Oregon Originals)

Monday, November 10th – 7 pm,   U.S. Bank Room, Central Library, 801 SW 10th
(Thursday Nov 13 is the Oregon Book Awards)
November 14th (2nd Friday) - noon   Madison Room, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park

From his out of the gate success with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and his quintessentially Northwest novel Sometimes a Great Notion , Ken Kesey chose to live in an Oregon he characterized as “the citadel of the spirit.”

Yet Oregonians have been unsure how to relate to its wunderkind, endorser of both reckless behavior and family values, in the Grateful Dead inner circle and one-time UofO writing teacher. Kesey died November 10, 2001.

Presenter: Walt Curtis, Gretchen Douglas, Ed McClanahan or Brian Booth, others TBA

Affiliated events:

  • Mon-Tues Nov 10-11 – Ed McClanahan on KBOO-FM

  • Thurs-Sat November 13-15 – Ken Kesey Retrospective , University of Oregon, Eugene

  • Sunday November 16 – 5 pm, Ed McClanahan and Kesey group from Eugene at the Baghdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

  • Sunday November 16 – 7 pm, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at the Guild Theater, NWFC, 1219 SW Park **

Woody Guthrie in the Pacific Northwest – Roll on Columbia (1912-1967) (Discovering Oregon Originals)

October 9th (2nd Thursday) - 7 pm   U.S. Bank Room, Central Library, 801 SW 10th
October 10th (2nd Friday) - noon   Madison Room, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park

During perhaps the most profound short visit to our region, a 1941 trip sponsored by the Bonneville Power Administration, Woody Guthrie penned several American classics among 26 songs, and helped establish public power regionally. A look at the period, the long-term impact of his Oregon "moment," and a few of the songs.

Bill Murlin - Guthrie expert at the BPA, Elmer Buelher - Woody's BPA driver, Michael Munk - moderator, Director Mike Majdic at OHS and film screening at NWFC

Affiliated events:

  • Friday Oct 10 – 7 pm, Roll on Columbia w/Mike Majdic, Guild Theater, Northwest Film Center, 1219 SW Park **

  • Saturday Oct 11 – 7:30 pm, Woody Guthrie Concert – many voices, Pacific Switchboard, 4637 North Albina **

  • Sunday Oct. 12 – 7:30 pm, Bound for Glory starring David Carradine, ORLO (outdoor screening), 2516 NW 29th – #9

Ernest Haycox – Dean of Western Writing Revealed in On A Silver Desert (1899-1950) (Discovering Oregon Originals)

October 24th, Madison Room, Oregon Historical Society (2nd Friday) - noon   Madison Room, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park

University of Oklahoma Press has just published Ernest Haycox Jr.’s long-awaited biography of his father, acclaimed western writer who wrote about the west for decades from his Portland home base. Having done several programs on Haycox’ life and writing, we’re proud to help unveil this major bio. Books will be signed at the event.

Presenter: Ernest Haycox Jr. – biographer

Mark Rothko – Roots of Abstraction – Centennial Retrospective (1903-1970) (Discovering Oregon Originals)

September 11th (2nd Thursday) - 7 pm   U.S. Bank Room, Central Library, 801 SW 10th
September 12th (2nd Friday) - noon   Madison Room, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park

Rothko, among the most prominent Abstract Expressionists, was born Marcus Rothkowitz Sept. 25, 1903 in Dvinsk, Russia (now Lithuania), coming to the U.S. and Portland in 1913. After graduating from Lincoln High School, he went on to Yale. Painting joyfully on visits home, he rejected Portland as “dull and provincial.” What did Rothko derive from his Portland experience? How did this “anarchist” and struggling WPA painter, whose first one-person show (July-August, 1933) was at the Portland Art Museum, become world-renowned?

Presenter: Prudence Roberts – PSU art historian

Thursday, June 12 (2nd Thursday) - 7 pm   U.S. Bank Room, Central Library, 801 SW 10th
Friday, June 13 (2nd Friday) - noon   Madison Room, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park
Frederic Homer Balch - A Troubled Christian Writer's Brief Life (Discovering Oregon Originals)

His works include Bridge of the Gods, Genevieve, essays and poems…our first local best-seller and his perspective and confusion on Native-American/white relations.

Presenters: Walt Curtis & Dorothy Churchill, others TBA

The Short Films & Music Videos of Jim Blashfield

Short Films; Friday, May 16th - 7:30 pm
   Guild Theatre, 1219 SW Park
Music Videos Friday, May 30th - 7:30 pm
Guild Theatre, 1219 SW Park

(Discovering Oregon Originals)

Portland filmmaker Jim Blashfield will be showing his work in two programs, with Short Films on May 16th and Music Videos on May 30th. Blashfield's live-action and experimental work reflect his quirky, often surreal vision of the world. Included in the short film program is THE LONE RANGER a.k.a. SHOCK THERAPY (2002); THE FRAGMENTOVISION TRILOGY (2003), which includes THE LEVITATION SLEEVE, WHEAT GERM-GO AHEAD and BARBARIANS AT VERSACHE'S GATE; THE MID-TORSO OF INEZ (1978), a dark, noirish, experimental narrative comedy disguised as a detective story; SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES (1980), his classic animated film about household objects run amok; DREAM OF THE SCARLET CRUSTACEANS (2002), a movie about flying lobsters whose original exhibition format was 44 feet wide and 4 blocks long; and BUNNYHEADS, a work-in progress collaboration with sculptor Christine Bourdette. (2 hrs).

On May 30th, Jim Blashfield's groundbreaking music videos will be shown. They combine his pioneering cut-out animation and live action work. The Blashfield's innovative visual style, is shown in Music Videos done for Michael Jackson, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, Tears for Fears, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Portland's Nu-Shooz, and many others. He has received numerous MTV Awards, a Cannes Gold Lion and a Grammy among numerous international accolades. Blashfield, Marsland, and others who worked on the videos will be on hand to show rare production photos, raw footage, out-takes, cels and props. ( 2 hrs).

Presenters: Jim Blashfield and Melissa Marsland

Literature & Art of the Internment and its Aftermath

Thursday, May 8 (2nd Thursday) - 7 pm   U.S. Bank Room, Central Library, 801 SW 10th
Friday, May 9 (2nd Friday) - noon   Madison Room, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park
(Discovering Oregon Originals)

The WWII Executive Order 9066 creating Internment Camps for tens of thousands of West Coast Americans of Japanese descent has subsequently produced wide ranging art and literature. Works to be examined include:

Why Japan Was Strong, John Patric; No-No Boy, John Okada; Nisei Daughter, Monica Sone; Made in Japan and Settled in Oregon, Mitzi Asai Loftus; Tule Lake, Edward Miyakawa; The Climate of the Country, Marnie Mueller; Elusive Truth, Photos of Manzanar by Ansel Adams, Dorthea Lange, Clem Albers and Toyo Miyatake, written by Gerald H. Robinson; Legends from Camp, Lawson Fusao Inada; Stubborn Twig, Lauren Kessler; and Snow Falling on Cedars, David Guterson.

Presenters: Mitzi Asai Loftus, Edward Miyakawa, Sue Sakai, Gerald Robinson, others TBA

James Beard Banquet

Wildwood Restaurant, 1221 NW 21st - Sunday, May 4, 2003, 6:00 pm

Come enjoy wonderful dishes from the Beard repertoire and a full suite of local beverages. Help us honor our famous homeboy at the fount of his life's inspiration. As we celebrate the James Beard Centenary, we are raising money to install two plaques to site the Father of American Cooking on his home turf.

James Beard Centenary Prequel (Discovering Oregon Originals)

Wednesday, April 9 (2nd Wednesday) - 7 pm,   U.S. Bank Room, Central Library, 801 SW 10th
Friday, April 11 (2nd Friday) - noon,  Madison Room, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park

The Father of American Cooking was born in Portland in May, 1903 and raised here by his culinary inspirations - his mother Elizabeth,and her chef-partner Jue Let.

Presenters: Chef Cory Schreiber of Wildwood & OCHC President David Milholland

Vortex & The People's Army Jamboree - March, 2003

Thursday, March 13 (2nd Thursday) - 7 pm,  U.S. Bank Room, Central Library, 801 SW 10th
Friday, March 14 (2nd Friday) - noon  Madison Room, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park
(Discovering Oregon Originals)

In 1970, a wild conjunction of events brought the Vietnam War, Rock culture, and Governor Tom McCall into a highly creative synthesis that still reverberates.

Presenters: Matt Love & Dory Hylton - [Matt's presentation is an Oregon Council for the Humanities Chautauqua event]

Close Encounters of a Feminine Kind - Margaret Jewett Bailey and Oregon settling accounts

February 19, 2003 - 7 p.m. (3rd Wednesday)   Jordan Room, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd, Portland
(OCHC Salon)

Bailey wrote the first English language "novel" of the Pacific coast published in 1854, The Grains or Passages in the Life of Ruth Rover, with Occasional Pictures of Oregon, Natural and Moral. In his preface to the 1986 OSU Press edition, Edwin Bingham describes the book: "Part autobiography, part religious testimonial, part history and travelogue, it is self-indulgent, unconsciously self-revealing, at times self-abnegatory, at other times assertive and vindictive…[it] is informed by a spirit of independence and a determination not to be cowed in a male-dominated frontier community."

Other works exploring this frontier women's perspective include writings of Frances Fuller Victor (The new Penelope - 1877), Abigail Scott Duniway (many works - 1850s-1910s), and more recently Sheba Hargreaves - The Cabin at the Trail's End (1928) and Shannon Applegate - Skookum (1988). Come to learn about and discuss this early literature of our region [see selected texts below].

Presenters: Marsha Weber & friends

Abigail Scott Duniway & the New Northwest

Thursday, February 13 - 7 pm,      U.S. Bank Room, Central Library
Friday, February 14 - noon,    Madison Room, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park
(Discovering Oregon Originals)

Mother of western suffrage, novelist and publisher of New Northwest, for decades Abigail Scott Duniway used the written and spoken word to move Oregon and the west inexorably toward suffrage and women's rights, often in opposition to her brother, Oregonian publisher Harvey Scott.

Presenters: Susan Butruille in performance as Duniway, with Charles Deemer, others TBA - [see Duniway text below]

January 15, 2003 – 7 p.m. (3rd Wednesday)    Jordan Room, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd, Portland
Early Encoumters – James G. Swan & Theodore Winthrop (OCHC Salon)

Swan came to Shoalwater Bay just north of Astoria in 1852, and immediately grew fascinated with the local inhabitants. His journals of life along the Washington shore are still fabulous reads. Winthrop wroteThe Canoe and the Saddle, a riveting account of his 1853 trip between Port Townsend & The Dalles, dying young in the Civil War. Both offer complex takes on early developments in the region, and their dramatic impact on Native Americans undergoing the severe culture shock of white settlement. Come to learn about and discuss this early literature of our region

Go East Young Man (But Never Leave Home) – William O. Douglas (1898-1980) (Oregon Originals)

January 10, 2003      U.S. Bank Room, Central Library

The FDR-appointed Supreme Court Justice had deep NW roots as author, legal wizard, civil libertarian & environmentalist. A world traveler, some of his best writing evokes the natural world of the Pacific NW.

Presenters: James O’Fallon, author/editor Nature’s Justice – Writings of William O. Douglas & OCHC President David Milholland [see Douglas text below]

December 6, 2002      U.S. Bank Room, Central Library
Ranald MacDonald - Oregon Link to Japan & the Orient (1824-1894) (Oregon Originals)

MacDonald is recognized as the first American to establish intentional connections with Japan. He was the son of famed Chinook Chief Comcomly's daughter Princess Raven and Archibald MacDonald, the Scottish Factor of Ft. George, known today as Astoria. He's been portrayed by many authors, most notably Eva Emery Dye. MacDonald's gravestone reads: "His was a life of adventure, sailing the seven seas, wandering in far countries, but returning at last to rest in his homeland. Sayonara Astoria, Japan, Australia, farewell Europe, the Cariboo, Ft. Colville." Presenters: TBA.

November 1, 2002      U.S. Bank Room, Central Library
Whatever Happened to Mary Carolyn Davies & Harlan Cozad McIntosh?

A look at forgotten Oregon writers, a survey of individuals from our mysterious, too-little-examined literary roots.

Presenter: Brian Booth

October 4, 2002      U.S. Bank Room, Central Library
Inside The Jewel Box - Storefront Theatre Revisited (1968-1993) (Oregon Originals)

Storefront's 15-year history of ground-breaking, original theater explored by several who participated. The presentation will attempt to recapture its excitement and analyze its long-term impact.

Presenters: Henk Pander, Paola La Morticella, John Zagone, others TBA.

September 6, 2002      U.S. Bank Room, Central Library,
Go East Young Man (But Never Leave Home) - William O. Douglas (Oregon Originals)

FDR-appointed Supreme Court Justice had deep NW roots as author, legal wizard, civil libertarian & environmentalist. A world traveler, some of his best writing evokes the natural world of the Pacific NW.

Presenters: Gretchen Douglas, others TBA

June 7, 2002      U.S. Bank Room, Central Library
Pioneer Modernist Anna Belle Crocker (1867-1961) (Oregon Originals)

A premiere presentation from research into the career of Anna Belle Crocker, Portland's first professional art curator, at the Portland Art Museum in the early 20th century. Crocker also headed the Museum Art School, serving in these dual roles from 1909 until her retirement in 1936. During these years, she was responsible for bringing ground-breaking exhibitions of avant-garde art to Portland audiences, for championing such legendary teachers as Harry Wentz and Leta Kennedy, and for supporting young architect Pietro Belluschi whose 1931 design for a new museum building drew worldwide acclaim.

Presenter: Prudence Roberts, Professor of Art History at PCC Rock Creek

May 10, 2002      U.S. Bank Room, Central Library
General O.O. Howard, the Freeman's Bureau and the Nez Perce (Oregon Originals)

Author and a good Christian gentleman, General Oliver Otis Howard (at left) was controversial in both war and peace. He led the troops after the young Chief Joseph (at right) and his Nez Perce followers, stopping them in Montana just south of the Canadian border. Howard was Fort Vancouver's leading man for an exciting period, after he'd been in charge of the post-Civil War Freeman's Bureau. His name was given to Howard University for that effort. He was a friend, then angry with C.E.S. Wood. His writings examined his role in the Civil War and his relationships with several prominent Native Americans.

Presenters: Anne Richardson, Norris Perkins

May 8, 2002      Jordan Room, Kennedy School
What if Lincoln had had come West? Oregon in the Civil War Era

Illinois attorney Abraham Lincoln was nominated to become Oregon's first territorial governor. It's said his wife Mary Todd Lincoln kiboshed the deal. If they had come, what would have happened to our state in its early years, before our 1859 statehood? What about Dread Scott? Indian wars? The Civil War, here and nationally? The discussion will include our regional literature and historical writing from and about that period?

Presenters: Tom Webb, John Henley, others TBA

April 10, 2002      Jordan Room, Kennedy School
The New Cultural History and Portland's Bohemian Icons of the 1910s

This salon featured a freewheeling discussion of Christine Stansell's American Moderns: Bohemian New York and the Creation of a New Century. The program examined Portland figures including Louise Bryant, John Reed, Carl Walters, C.E.S. Wood and Sara Bard Field.

Presenters: David A. Horowitz, Michael Munk

April 5, 2002      U.S. Bank Room, Central Library,
Windows on Harney County (Oregon Originals)

A look at our high desert county through 150 years of history, this presentation included material from: Feelin' Fine, Bill Hanley's Book, written with Anne Shannon Monroe (1930); early Harney County photography from the collection of Tom Robinson, Photo Research Group; and The Buchmans, John Henley (2001).

March 13, 2002      Jordan Room, Kennedy School
Oregon Spirit II (Salon)

We expanded our examination begun in February as we celebrated Oregon's 143rd, reading from passages that attempt to capture our elusive state's sense of itself. Selections from Stewart Holbrook, Eva Emery Dye, H.L. Davis, Ursula K. Le Guin, John Okada, Abigail Scott Duniway were offered and discussed.

Presenters: John Henley, Walt Curtis, David Milholland and others

March 3, 2002      Irvington Elementary School
Open House and Art Unveiling

Newly cleaned, lustrous works of WPA artists Aimee Gorham (3 inlaid wood pieces) and Ed Quigley (murals pictured on the cover, pgs 4 & 7A) at Irvington Elementary were unveiled to the public. This was a fundraiser to complete the restoration process and develop an educational component for the school's 4th and 5th graders on the art and era of the WPA.

March 1, 2002      U.S. Bank Room
Oregon Literary Kingpin - Author & Editor Alfred Powers

Alfred Powers was the mid-20th century historian of Oregon literature, and a force in developing and maintaining regional literary culture and history, especially in our schools' curriculums. As an editor and teacher, his influence on our published literature is profound. Walt Morey claims the charismatic teacher taught thousands. As an author of a dozen juvenile novels, he opened windows on world culture and the West for his young readers. Scene at right is from his children's classic Long Way to Frisco.

Presenters: Walt Curtis, David Milholland, Molly Powers Dusenbery (Power's widow)

February 13, 2002      Jordan Room, Kennedy School
What is Oregon's Spirit to You? Readings for Oregon's 143rd Birthday

Ken Kesey said, "Oregon is the citadel of the spirit." Readings included passages from Clyde Rice, David James Duncan, Mabel Holmes Parsons, Alfred Powers, among many others.

Presenters: John Henley, Gretchen Douglas, Anne Richardson , Tom Webb, David Milholland, Walt Curtis

February 1, 2002      U.S. Bank Room, Central Library
Dancin' in the Rain (Oregon Originals)

This was a look at early dance history in Portland, from 1900 to 1954. The talk included prima Ballerina Janet Reed, who grew up near Medford and in Portland, the three Christensen brothers, the dance troupe that moved from Portland to launch the San Francisco Ballet, the impact of visits of visiting artists from across the U.S. and Europe, and a sharing of memories from a standing-room-only audience. Their presentation featured rare photos and film footage (see pages 25a & 27).

Presenters: Martha Ullman West, Carol Shults; special guest Jacqueline Martin Schumacher

January 9th      Jordan Room, Kennedy School
Can Cemeteries "Have a Life"? (Salon)

This discussion ranged across a large spectrum related to our hundreds of pioneer cemeteries, many poorly funded, thinly maintained and targets of vandalism. It included many anecdotes linking individuals in the past with their active descendants, and beautiful, timeless cemetery verse.

Presenters: Jeanne Robinson, Executive Director, Oregon Historic Cemeteries Association; Mirra Meyer, Oregon Pioneer Cemetery Commission, State Office of Historic Preservation; Walt Curtis, poet and OCHC Secretary; David Hedges, poet, family & community historian of Canemah Cemetery

January 11, 2002         U.S. Bank Room, Central Library
Trials & Triumphs of Oregon Photographer Myra Albert Wiggins (Oregon Originals)

Photographer & artist Myra Wiggins lived in Salem, Oregon; Toppenish and Seattle, Washington. Carole Glauber, author Witch of Kodakery: The Photography of Myra Albert Wiggins, 1869-1956, discussed Wiggins full career, from her childhood in Salem, her studies at the Art Students League in New York, her career as an "amateur" photographer, including membership as one of only six West Coast photographers in the Photo-Succession led by Albert Stieglitz, her many successes nationally and internationally, and her final career as a painter and poet into her mid-eighties.

Presenter: Carole Glauber

December 13, 2001      U.S. Bank Room, Central Library
McElroy's Ballroom - Home of Portland's Happy Feet (4th Discovering Oregon Originals Series)

McElroy's was the central city club in a jazz and dance scene that brought America's best performers to Portland from the '30s through the late '50s. John Coltrane performed here before his reputation emerged; Dizzie Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, and also a host of metro-Portland bands played the "Spanish Ballroom." This talk featured rare videos, recordings, and photos from the downtown club that integrated Portland long before our city fathers were ready. Presenter: Bob Dietsche

November 14, 2001      Jordan Room, Kennedy School
Basalt - Geology, Climbing, Ecology, Petroglyphs, and Esthetic Values

Three highly knowledgeable individuals shared their perspectives on the rock that under girds all we do here in Oregon. Lava flowed across this terrain for millions of years, creating our mountains, our plains, and the vessel we know as the Columbia Gorge. Those attending saw remarkable artifacts of Native American's fascination with basalt, and we discussed the challenges of preserving the art in our landscape. Terry Toedtemeier, Portland Art Museum Curator of Photography; Rick Rubin, author, Naked Against the Rain; John Gogol, Publisher, Native American Basketry

September 20, 2001      Old Church
A Poet's Celebration of Mary Barnard

Many individuals inspired by Mary Barnard's writing - as a poet, author and translator - gathered soon after her August 25, 2001 passing to pay homage to her work and example. Barnard (pictured at right at 71), a native of Oregon and SW Washington, and a Reed graduate, is famous for her translation of the classic Greek poet Sappho. This spontaneous event was produced by OCHC, and co-sponsored by Oregon State Poetry Association and Reed College.

June 25, 2001 U.S.      Bank Room, Central Library
The Many Lives of Stewart Holbrook (Oregon Originals)

Another Discovering Oregon Originals program (06/19/97), offered as part of the city of Portland's 150th anniversary celebration in conjunction with Multnomah County Library (see program description, page 34). Presenter: Brian Booth; Readings, Rick Rubin and David Milholland

June 18, 2001      U.S. Bank Room, Central Library
Celebrating Portland's Classic Western Writer Ernest Haycox (Oregon Originals)

This was a reprise of our Discovering Oregon Originals program (10/01/99), as part of the city of Portland's 150th anniversary celebration in conjunction with Multnomah County Library (see program description, page 31). Presenters: Ernest Haycox Jr. and David Milholland

May 6, 2001      NW Corner Washington Park
John Reed Bench Unveiling

This festive celebration featured a free lunch, followed by a moving ceremony welcoming our native son back to his childhood home (see Exhibit E, pages 46a-46). Presenters: Janet Kreft, Barbara Byrd, Johnny Stallings, David A. Horowitz, Hank Curl, John Reed, Walt Curtis, and others

James Beard grew up in a family that loved to celebrate holidays, especially Christmas. This program presented Beard's writing on his childhood memories and a discussion of his impact on the culinary world. Presenters: Cory Schreiber of Wildwood Restaurant, David Milholland

May 5, 2001      Portland State University
John Reed and Labor History

A presentation at the Western Labor History Conference, with guests from across the Western U.S. and Canada, of writing by and about John Reed as it pertains to working people and their struggles. Presenters: John Reed, Johnny Stallings, Michael Munk, David A. Horowitz, David Milholland

December 12, 2000      U.S. Bank Room, Central Library
A James Beard Holiday (Oregon Originals)

James Beard grew up in a family that loved to celebrate holidays, especially Christmas. This program presented Beard's writing on his childhood memories and a discussion of his impact on the culinary world. Presenters: Cory Schreiber of Wildwood Restaurant, David Milholland

November 14, 2000      U.S. Bank Room, Central Library
To Hear Unspoken Things - Readings from Elizabeth Henley (3rd Oregon Originals series)

Poet Elizabeth Henley, grew up in Bellingham, Washington, and spent some twenty years teaching at Portland State and Oregon State University. Well published in the most substantial journals - The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, etc. - across the U.S., in her lifetime she never had a volume of her poetry published. This program unveiled her selected poems, To Hear Unspoken Things, and discussed her career, its triumphs and vicissitudes. Presenters: Ellen Watts Lodine, John Van Fleet Henley, Jane Glazer, Leanne Grabel, John Haislip - former OSU colleague of Henley, Walt Curtis, and David Hedges

November 10 & 11, 2000      Looking Glass Bookstore & Great Northwest Books
Voces de la Tierra - Andrés Berger

Author of novels and poetry set in his boyhood home of Medellín, Colombia, Berger has lived in Oregon for decades. Berger read from his work, including his bilingual collection of poems, Voces de la Tierra / Voices from the Earth. The initial session was exclusively in Spanish, the latter in English. Presenter: Andrés Berger; bilingual interviewer: David Milholland.

October 19, 2000      Valley River Inn, Eugene
Haycox Induction, University of Oregon School of Journalism Hall of Achievement

OCHC President David Milholland joined Haycox biographer Stephen Tanner of BYU in speaking before an audience of some 100 as six University of Oregon Journalism School graduates and faculty were inducted into the School's Hall of Achievement. Several Haycox family members were present. It was an excellent opportunity to reach an interested, but uninformed journalism community with material on Haycox and the works and programs of OCHC.

September/October 2000         Tayrona Visit
Haycox Induction, University of Oregon School of Journalism Hall of Achievement

OCHC served as host and fiscal agent for the first-ever U.S. visit of a delegation from the traditional Tayrona tribes living in the Santa Marta Mountains of Northern Colombia. OCHC President David Milholland translated for their initial leg in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. The Northwest journey opened with a visit to the Colville Confederated Tribes in Nespelum, Washington, a chance to see Nez Perce leader Soy Redthunder, who participated in our 1998 C.E.S. Wood events in Portland. En route, a fine talk was given to Spanish-speaking students in Orondo, Washington.

Presentations to the leadership of both the Grand Ronde Confederated Tribes and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission in their headquarters opened up future possibilities of cultural exchange. A final night reception furthered cultural connections. The visit ended in Wisconsin. Visitors: Margarita & Danilo Villafaña, Rogelio Mejía & friends from Colombia, Canada and Wisconsin